Robert Guerrero had to recover from surgery and a long layoff, leap a weight class and beat two hardened former welterweights titlists before landing a Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight. But now, finally, it's here.
Nonito Donaire won four fights against strong competition in 2012 -- sometimes in spectacular fashion -- and did so while proving himself clean in a sport rife with PED issues. For that, he earns ESPN.com's boxer of the year award.
Former two-division titleholder Ricky Hatton fought gamely, to the delight an adoring crowd, Saturday in Manchester, England, but his comeback crumbled under the force of a Vyacheslav Senchenko body shot.
Robert Guerrero had no interest in fighting another opponent who had tested positive for PEDs, but he eventually made peace with the notion of putting his 147-pound belt up against Saturday's foe, Andre Berto.